Sadhana Intensive is a two-week program devised by Swami Vishnudevananda based on his own Hatha yoga sadhana in the Himalayas. He said that six months of this intensive practice gave him the energy to carry out his mission of spreading the teachings of yoga in the West for next 40 years.
This course is based on individual self-practice divided into two or three sessions per day. The emphasis is on intense and prolonged pranayama. Students work towards eight hours of hatha yoga per day which is balanced by the study of classical scriptures.
The course demands a high level of self-discipline and students are guided according to individual needs. Students are expected to remain within the ashram premises throughout the course with no free days, no access to telephone or email and a strict sattvic diet (salt, spice, tea and sugar free).
The highly controlled environment is vital for this type of practice.
The course requires some preparation from the student. Interested students are advised to prepare by following a regular daily hatha yoga practice and a sattvic lifestyle. Sound physical and mental health is a prerequisite.
Sadhana Intensive affords a unique opportunity to extend the limits of our capabilities, strengthen our stamina and develop self-confidence with long lasting effects.
• Explanation and practice of advanced pranayama, bandhas (locks) and mudras (seals)
• Daily self practice of asana
• Practice of shat kriyas (cleansing techniques)
• Meditation and chanting
• Keeping spiritual diary
• Mouna (at certain times of the day) to conserve the vital energy
Scriptures of Study
• Viveka Chudamani by Sankaracharya
A standard text on Vedanta philosophy which describes the practical methods towards realizing the Self and the necessary preparations for it.
• Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Yogi Swatmarama with commentary by Swami Vishnudevananda.
This classical text on Hatha Yoga explains in detail asanas, pranayama, Mudras, Bandhas and the process of awakening the Kundalini.
• Srimad Bhagavatam by Vyasa Maharishi is one of the most important works on Bhakti Yoga.
Listening to these stories fills the mind with universal love and opens the heart, which is the key to experiencing the deepest levels of Hatha Yoga and for the practice of Bhakti yoga.
• Sadhana Intensive course manual (supplied)
• Practice of kriyas.
• Morning and evening satsang with meditation and chanting.
• Two or three practice sessions of asana and advanced pranayama incorporating bandhas and mudras.
• Study of Hatha Yoga Pradipika / Viveka Chudamani / Srimad Bhagavatam.
• Morning almond milk drink, brunch and dinner. A mono-diet of kitchari will be served as a way to encourage a sattvic diet and further purification.
• Participation in entire daily schedule is mandatory.
* The course director may change the schedule according to the need of the students.
Sadhana Intensive courses are open only to Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course graduates (TTC / ATTC). Good physical and mental health as well as a high degree of self-motivation are required due to the very intensive nature of the course.
Fill out our Sadhana Intensive application.
An internationally recognized certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization (ISYVC) is awarded on completion of the course. This certificate is honored by the Yoga Alliance in Canada and USA.
Reflections from Sadhana Intensive Graduates
“Within the first few days I overcame a major obstacle, FEAR, the fear of not being able to keep up with just my basic practice but also so many other fears. The work is gradual but the effects for myself were immediate. It took me right to the heart of all things, REGULAR PRACTICE!
I owe a debt of gratitude to all of my SI Gurabai’s for their humble sharing. It taught me that sharing and giving is the strength behind the Sadhana Intensive and I walked away filled with humility, gratefulness and all around strength from the experience.”
Copies of the sacred texts, personal toiletries, towel, asana mat, meditation cushion, comfortable footwear, warm clothing, mosquito netting and meditation shawl are useful. The ashram boutiques stock most of these items including books, stationery and clothing.
Remember to take your TTC uniforms and a copy of your TTC / ATTC diploma. Students are expected to wear their uniforms during satsang and lecture times.
Uniforms are not provided for the course but are usually available for purchase at the ashram boutique.
Arrival & Departure Information
• Tuesday – 1:00pm or after. First meeting 3pm.
• Tuesday – 2:00pm
Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch and Acharya (senior teacher) in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers organization, Srinivasan has dedicated his life to the propagation of the classical teachings of Yoga. An internationally recognized teacher of Raja Yoga and Hatha Yoga, Srinivasan served and studied with his guru and Yoga master, Swami Vishnudevananda, and now teaches around the world, continuing to carry the teachings as a direct disciple. As acharya, Srinivasan leads our team of teachers, conducts morning satsangs at the ashram, and leads workshops on various aspects of yoga philosophy and practice. He also leads the ashram’s move toward Earth Care and sustainability, finding an effortless union between Permaculture and Yoga. He is a knowledgeable and compassionate teacher whose life mission is empowering all with the peace and wisdom of Yoga.
Swami Paramananda, manager of the Sivananda Yoga Ranch, has been dedicated to the practices of Yoga for nearly a decade. Through his intense devotion to Yoga and his great sense of humor, Swami Paramananda is a wonderful teacher who effortlessly weaves classical yoga teachings into today’s modern lifestyle.
The Ranch's Daily Schedule
6:00amSatsang or Silent Walk
8:00amHatha Yoga Class
12:00pmAfternoon Program& Free Time
4:00pmHatha Yoga Class
Satsang & Yoga Classes
Satsang consists of a 30-minute silent meditation, followed by 30 minutes of spiritual chanting (kirtan), and finishes with 30 minutes of spiritual lecture.
Daily attendance at both Satsangs and Hatha Yoga Classes is encouraged for your health and well-being and to maintain the proper rhythm and atmosphere of the ashram community.